Find the Best Suitable Shoe for your Workout
Crossfit training is all about variety, and the workouts can include a broad array of different movements. A typical workout might include running, weight lifting, rope climbing, jumping, skipping, rowing or other activities.
It’s challenging to find a shoe that does everything necessary to succeed with each different crossfit WOD (workout of the day.) The shoe has to perform well for many different tasks. So essentially, finding the best crossfit shoe involves making some tough choices and important tradeoffs — because one shoe can’t do everything flawlessly.
Below you can find an overview of the best Crossfit shoes currently available. The top five for men followed by the top five for women. If you are new to Crossfit and Crossfit shoes, you might want to read our most important considerations first. You can find them here.
Top 5 Crossfit shoes for men
|Mens Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0||4 mm||$$$||4.5|
|Mens Reebok Crossfit Nano 3.0||4 mm||$$||4.4|
|Inov-8 F-lite 240 Shoe||6 mm||$$$||4.4|
|Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 Shoe, Mens||0 mm||$$||4.4|
|Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove, Mens||0 mm||$$$||4.5|
Top 5 Crossfit shoes for women
|Reebok Crossfit Nano 4.0 Womens||$$$||N/A|
|Reebok Crossfit Nano 3.0 Womens||$$$||4.8|
|Inov-8 Women's F-lite 215 Fitness Shoe||$$||4.8|
|ASICS Women's GEL-Craze TR Cross-Training Shoe||$$||4.2|
|Inov-8 Women's F-Lite 185 Cross-Training Shoe||$$||4.5|
Here are some important considerations for choosing the best crossfit shoes.
Since crossfit training involves significant amounts of sprinting and jumping, it’s important for the crossfit athlete to feel light on his or her feet. Heavy shoes would be a hindrance, and would distract from the necessary motions.
Ideal crossfit shoes should feel lightweight, although how lightweight is a matter of personal preference. Some athletes prefer minimalist, barely-there shoes. Others choose shoes that are more substantial, but still on the lightweight side of the spectrum.
With that in mind, army boots and hiking boots are typically not good choices for crossfit shoes. A dedicated crossfit training shoe is far preferable.
Flexibility is desirable in a crossfit shoe. It’s helpful if the shoe conforms to the athlete’s foot, almost seeming to meld with it and move as one with it.
Durability and Quality
When it comes to athletic shoes, durability is one of the biggest tradeoffs that you’ll have to consider. A highly durable, long-wearing shoe isn’t likely to also be both flexible and lightweight, or meet some of the other necessary criteria. Yet at the same time, the crossfit training shoe also has to be able to withstand the beating it takes from prolonged jumping, running or climbing. Rope climbing is notoriously hard on shoes, with rope often chafing on the material.
With that in mind, it’s important for you to realize that a long lifespan isn’t likely if you choose shoes that are ideal in other ways.
It would be unusual for an active crossfit athlete to own a pair of shoes for longer than a year, and many shoes don’t last that long.
Heel to Toe Drop
When you stand barefoot, you have a heel to toe drop of zero; your heel and your toes are level with each other.
Ideally, you’d also want to choose a crossfit shoe with a heel to toe drop of zero, or something close to zero. A slight drop is OK, but think about it like this: the higher your heel to toe drop, the more you’ll feel like you’re working out wearing high heels.
When you jump, you need to be able to land correctly. You don’t want to land on your toes, and you need to be able to properly absorb the shock by bending your legs. Your entire foot plays a part in the action. All this becomes much more difficult if you’re fighting a high heel to toe drop.
Breathability and Comfort
Good airflow is essential so that your feet stay cool, dry and comfortable while you work out.
In general, arch support is an important consideration for any athletic shoe, and it’s a priority consideration in a crossfit shoe as well. This is one area where you’ll notice substantial differences between styles and brands of crossfit shoes.
Crossfit shoes of the minimalist variety offer less support than is typical for other sorts of athletic shoes. This may come as a surprise to new crossfit athletes, particularly those who are used to wearing running shoes.
Fabrications, Styling and Color Choices
The ideal crossfit shoes would be offered in a variety of colors and styles, considering the wide variety of athletes who choose to wear them.
Fabrications can include mesh, Ortholite, injected EVA and others.
Reebok Nano 4.0
The Reebok Nano 4.0 is a popular crossfit shoe with many positive testimonials from a wide variety of different athletes and enthusiasts — everyone from military personnel to law enforcement officers to triathletes to weight lifters to martial artists.
Prior to the release of the 4.0, Reebok claimed that the Nano 3.0 was their most versatile cross-training shoe ever constructed. This time around, they’ve upped their game even further, enhancing the Nano and taking it to the next level. Here’s what you need to know about the Reebok Nano 4.0:
- Stylish, with attractive color combinations to choose from.
- Lightweight and flexible.
- Well-ventilated; breathable; features outstanding airflow.
- Available in both men’s and women’s sizes.
- Works well for sprinting, weight lifting, squatting, jumping and jumprope workouts, or rope climbing.
- Not recommended for long-distance running. For distance runs, choose dedicated running shoes instead.
- Grips well, but not excessively so. These shoes are not as “tacky” as some models of dedicated running shoes are.
- The heel-to-toe drop measures 4mm.
- Comfortable toe box area allows for a natural range of motion when it’s necessary for toes to splay.
- As durable as you could expect for this sort of shoe, but don’t expect them to last forever.
- Biggest cons: Doesn’t perform well in the rain. More expensive than many other types of athletic shoes. Distance runners new to crossfit have complained about minimal arch support as compared to their running shoes.
Reebok Nano 4.0 vs Reebok Nano 3.0
Wondering about the main differences between the Reebok Nano 3.0 and 4.0? Here they are:
- The toe box was wider than usual on the 3.0s, and on the 4.0s it is narrower in comparison. It’s still roomy and comfortable.
- The 3.0s ran about a half size large. Some athletes have mentioned that the 4.0s are more true-to-size, and some have said that the sizing is the same as the 3.0s.
- The 4.0s offer increased durability, improved ankle support, increased stability and better balance.
- For running, the 4.0 is an improvement over the 3.0, but the 4.0 still can’t beat a dedicated running shoe for long-distance runs.
- The uppers look a little different on the 4.0 model.
- The outsole seems to be the pretty much the same on both models.
Overall, the Reebok Nano 4.0 is a recommended buy. It’s a great shoe, and its outstanding reviews attest to many satisfied wearers.
In general, if you want to pursue crossfit training, a dedicated pair of crossfit shoes would be a worthwhile purchase — whether you choose the Nano 4.0 or a competing model. When selecting your crossfit shoes, always keep in mind that the best shoes for this purpose are lightweight, flexible and breathable, offering you just enough support to avoid hindering your performance.
The right pair of crossfit shoes will enhance your workouts and help to propel you to success, so choose them carefully and well.